Scholarships

The Department of Criminal Justice has the following scholarship opportunities. Scholarship applications are accepted in the spring for the academic year beginning in the fall.

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR GENERAL APPLICATIONS
1. Junior or Senior standing with a declared Criminal Justice major at UALR.
2. Satisfactory academic progress in college coursework with at least a 2.5 GPA overall and 2.5 GPA in criminal justice coursework.
3. Completed application form.
4. With the completed application for the Rick Finley, Rob Williams, Louie Caudell, or Melissa Ma scholarships, submit a written essay of no more than 500 words on “Why I have an interest in law enforcement” or “What are my career plans in law enforcement.”
5. With the completed application for the Harold R. Zook, David O. Dillinger, or Gene Tolliver Scholarships, submit a written essay of no more than 500 words on Why a degree in Criminal Justice is Important to Me.”
6. Provide a copy of your academic transcripts with the application.

Rick Finley Memorial Scholarship
The Rick Finley Memorial Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for $500.00 scholarships for a minimum of six (6) semester hours each semester. Preference will be given to those who have the desire and intent to pursue a career in a law enforcement related areas.

Rob Williams Memorial Scholarship
The Robert J. Williams Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for scholarships up to $1,000.00, for a minimum of six (6) semester hours each semester. Preference will be given to those currently employed as full-time law enforcement officers or those who have the desire and intent to pursue a career in a law enforcement related areas.

Harold R. Zook Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time or part-time student majoring in Criminal Justice. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered. Preference will be given to applicants who are at the top of their graduating class of Metropolitan Career Technical Center.

Gene Tolliver Annual Student Assistance Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time or part-time student majoring in Criminal Justice. Preference will be given to junior and senior level students. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered.

Louie Caudell Rotary Club of Little Rock Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time or part-time Little Rock Police Department officers who are majoring in Criminal Justice at UALR.

 Melissa Ma Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time or part-time student majoring in criminal justice or a related field with the intention of working within the law enforcement community. Preference will be given to current police officers. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered along with dedication to the profession.

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Provide a copy of your academic transcripts with the application.

MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR GRADUATE APPLICATIONS
1. Criminal Justice graduate student at UALR.
2. Completed application form.
3. With the completed application, submit a written essay of no more than 500 words on “Why a graduate degree is important to me.”

David O. Dillinger Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time or part-time student majoring in Criminal Justice with preference given to senior level or graduate students. Academic accomplishment and financial need will be strongly considered. This scholarship is renewable, but the recipient must re-apply annually.

John A. Boyeskie Memorial Scholarship
The John Boyeskie Memorial Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for scholarships up to $500.00, for a minimum of six (6) semester hours each semester. Applicants must be enrolled in the Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Correctional Leadership Challenge Endowed Scholarship
The Correctional Leadership Challenge Endowed Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for scholarships up to full tuition, for a minimum of nine (9) semester hours each semester. Applicants must be enrolled in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice or Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and must be an Arkansas Department of Corrections employee.